Mastrovito’s work depicts the artist’s main themes: the hostile nature and the man struggling with it. The scene depicted arouses a sense of anxiety because the observer cannot distinguish, and separate, the comforting elements from the frightening ones. The heads of the characters are replaced by geometric solids, another characteristic feature in the artist’s works: the absence of faces makes the characters anonymous and grotesque. In the case of cones, they represent the characteristic human stupidity. Mastrovito’s work is always detailed and descriptive: drawing, for the artist, becomes the point of union between the world of reality and the world of ideas, which meet through the sign and narration. Endowed with a great technical ability, Mastrovito is confronted with different materials, often resorting to the help of professionals, as in the case of this work, example of great mastery of the artisans of the glass.
Andrea Mastrovito (Bergamo, 1978) is an Italian artist who currently lives and works in New York; he graduated in 2001 from the Academy of Fine Arts of Carrara in Bergamo.
Mastrovito’s work is characterized by its continuous plastic evolution, exploring the space between the reinvention of the artist and that of drawing, in a continuous dialogue with the cycle of life and in open confrontation with the audience and community - a distinctive feature of a significant portion of contemporary art, from Alighiero Boetti to Stefano Arienti. He emerges in the Italian art scene in the early 2000s, thanks to its collages on canvas in which it overlaps hundreds of layers of painted cutouts and silhouettes. In 2005 his first environmental installations, presented in Geneva, give a new direction to his work, moving beyond an expanded perspective that seeks to incorporate the same spectators in the work of art. In 2009 he produced his first Garden Flower Encyclopedia, in which the concept of assembly and collage take on a distinctly spatial quality. This lays the foundations for his later work, Dr. Mastrovito’s Island, first presented in 2010 in New York (Governors Island): thousands of pages taken from zoological and botanical volumes are cut and shown three-dimensionally, as in a pop-up book. The space of the exhibition is invaded and the distance between the spectator and the work of art is eliminated, so that the cycle of life becomes the center of artistic efforts. In the following years, his works become increasingly different: entire environments or events are drawn or photocopied. In 2014, he introduced the concept of environmental frottage in his solo exhibition at Gamec in Bergamo. In the same year he developed a new technique to work on glass, together with Studio Reduzzi, in the relivation of the stained glass windows for the Church of San Giovanni XXIII in Bergamo.
Currently, Mastrovito collaborates with the Michela Rizzo Gallery with which he was supposed to organize in April a solo show, La Diseducazione al Reale. Two of his works were exhibited in the Gallery’s spaces in the exhibition Assembramenti.
He won the New York Prize, awarded by the Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs in 2007, and the Moroso Prize in 2012. In 2011 he was the first artist to have set up a solo exhibition in the Museo del Novecento in Milan. In 2017 he made his debut at the Festa del Cinema in Rome with the animated feature film Nysferatu - Simphony of a Century, a work consisting of more than 30,000 drawings, projected later in dozens of museums, foundations and festivals around the world. In 2019 he was one of the winners of the award established by the Italian Council. He has set up solo exhibitions in private galleries in Milan, Florence, Paris, Genoa, Brussels, New York and in museums and centers for contemporary art in Milan, Bergamo, Fort Lauderdale, Tolsa, Rome, Florence, Montélimar and Lacoux. His works have also been included in many exhibitions throughout Europe and the United States: MAXXI in Rome; Centro per l'Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci in Prato; MART in Rovereto; Galleria d'Arte in Manchester; B.P.S. 22, Charleroi, Belgium; M.A.D., New York. In addition, we recall some of his recent solo shows: Very Bad Things, La Galleria Nazionale, Rome (2019); Le Monde Est Une Invention Sans Futur at the Fundation Bullukian on the occasion of the 15th Biennale in Lyon (2019); Symphonie eines Jahrhunderts, Kunsthalle Dominikanerkirche, Osnabruck (2018).